The construction of power in the strategic narratives of the BRICS

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Rising powers, collectively joined in informal diplomatic groups such as the BRICS, aim to influence the meaning of the international order by means of “strategic narratives.” Together, the BRICS develop strategic narratives that support their aspiration for a fairer and more democratic multipolar world order and which produce a positive perception of the group. This paper evaluates how BRICS’s system and identity narratives combine geostrategic, economic and solidarity narratives. Narrative tension emerges due to their embeddedness in contradicting power constructions, namely a geostrategic perspective and a multipolar perspective. The synchronisation of these three narratives is undermined when there is a fall in perceived power, economic recession or a lack of accountability and transparency practices. Strategic narrative analysis helps to think about and analyze power in global politics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)462-478
Number of pages17
JournalGlobal Society
Volume33
Issue number4
Early online date19 Feb 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Feb 2019

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Keywords

  • BRICS
  • Power
  • Rising Power
  • Strategic Narratives

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In: Global Society, Vol. 33, No. 4, 02.10.2019, p. 462-478.

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